Bogatyr Tea Pot: Who Stole Our Heroes? Ceramic Sculptures by Lena Wolek
March 3rd - April 1st, 2023
Opening Reception: March 3rd from 6-9 PM
indian hill gallery
Lena's exhibition, Bogatyr Tea Pot: Who Stole Our Heroes is part of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts Exhibitions and Conference held here in Cincinnati in March.
Lena's grandmother had a special teapot that Lena cherished as a child. Her grandmother was a designer at the Perevolov Porcelain factory in Siberia that was known worldwide for the products it made.
The beloved teapot Lena cherished was from a limited edition made in the factory to be given as gifts or trophies for dignitaries, special guests and honored employees. The teapots were called Bogatyr ("hero" in English) from a mythological story about giant heroes wielding heavy swords to save the oppressed and enslaved while they defeated the dark powers.
Many generations of citizens were raised with the tales and art honoring and loving the heroes and admiring their powers. For Lena, the teapot was by far the most beautiful and important object in the house-a centerpiece to celebrate.
Lena now creates her own Bogatyr teapots with musings of current American culture. They illustrate her own tongue-in-cheek commentary on what a hero is.
This exhibition is part of National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) 57th Annual Conference held in Cincinnati, March 15-18, 202. Read more about NCECA and the conference here.
Lena Wolek was born in a small Siberian town during the last decade of the former Soviet Union where generations of her family were porcelain factory employees. While playing with chunks of clay found in the local soil, she was raised by people with knowledge of the industrial processes of ceramics. Ms. Wolek immigrated to the United States in 2001, and eventually studied art, first obtaining a BA degree from University of California, Los Angeles and then a MFA degree from California State University, Long Beach. She now lives and plays using old familiar process with the local clay in Louisville, Kentucky.